Nobody will prevent you from these: The Protected Views

London is an ever changing city. Living or visiting it doesn’t matter. You will always find something different.

In a city in which heritage and progress are both important, new developments arise next to historic buildings. It is a fantastic combination, perhaps one of the most fascinated aspects of London.

Surely there are regulations to respect as in any other city. But did you know about the Protected View?

Protected View is the legal requirement within urban planning to preserve the view of a specific place or historic building from another location. And in London you must respect the following:

  • from Alexandra Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from the summit of Parliament Hill to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from the summit of Parliament Hill to the Palace of Westminster
  • from Parliament Hill, at the prominent oak tree east of the summit, to Palace of Westminster
  • from the viewing gazebo at Kenwood House to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from the summit of Primrose Hill to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from the summit of Primrose Hill to the Palace of Westminster
  • from Greenwich Park, north east of the General Wolfe statue, to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from Blackheath Point, near the orientation board, to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from Westminster Pier to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from King Henry VIII’s Mound in Richmond Park to St Paul’s Cathedral
  • from the centre of the bridge over the Serpentine to the Palace of Westminster
  • from the The Queen’s Walk at City Hall to the White Tower

The map below (source: http://marcgawley.com/2014/03/02/londons-protected-views/) gives you an idea of what that means and where tall buildings are being built

London Protected Views Economist

And these are some of the protected views

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